2012 Reflections Awards
Amy J. Habib, Gary W. Miller, Sister Marie Bernarde’ Procknal, RSM are recipients; Franklin J. Downing, Sr. receives Reflections Lifetime Achievement Award; Margaret “Peg” Overdorf receives President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Trocaire President Dr. Bassam M. Deeb and Board of Trustees Chair Lisa M. Kirisits presented Reflections awards to this year’s recipients Amy J. Habib, Gary W. Miller and Sister Marie Bernarde’ Procknal, RSM. Franklin J. Downing, Sr. received the Reflections Lifetime Achievement Award and Margaret “Peg” Overdorf received the President’s Award for Community Service. The annual awards reception was held at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and the funds raised from the reception benefit the college’s scholarship endowment.
The Reflections Award was established in 1992 to be awarded annually by the college to individuals who have continually reflected their best, putting forth unlimited energies to achieve success while sharing their unique talents for the benefit of others. President Deeb, noted, “On behalf of the entire Trocaire College community, I would like to acknowledge our extraordinary recipients of the 2012 Reflections award. Their invaluable contributions to Trocaire and Western New York are truly inspiring.”
2012 Reflections Awards Honorees
Amy J. Habib and her family have impacted the Western New York community in a meaningful way as volunteers and philanthropists. They collectively support more than twenty-two religious, educational and health and human services agencies in Western New York and beyond. Habib and her five grown children have made a special commitment to supporting educational endeavors, establishing numerous scholarships for education. She has been a current/past trustee or director of Georgian Court University, the Catholic Board of Education, Elmwood Franklin School and Canisius College.
Gary W. Miller is the CEO of Quinlan, a full-service tradigital advertising agency, encompassing traditional advertising practices with modern digital expertise. Gary graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in public relations. In 1982 he began his career as an account executive at Quinlan and Foels, Inc., which after several organizational changes is the current Quinlan. Since 2006, Gary and his team have worked closely with Trocaire College’s communications office to deliver a consistent, effective marketing message to the community. Miller has volunteered his time and talents not only to Trocaire, but to the WNY Blind Association where he served as a Corporate Challenge Chair, the Variety Club as a Telethon Committee Member, and the Deerhurst Presbyterian Church where he currently serves as an Elder Member.
Sister Marie Bernarde’ Procknal, RSM has been committed to mission service and education for the past sixty years. She grew up in South Buffalo (one of fifteen children) and graduated from Mt. Mercy Academy. Procknal continued her education earning a B.A. degree from Niagara University, a M.S.Ed. from Canisius College and counseling certification from Niagara University. She has served as a teacher, elementary school principal, guidance counselor and director of guidance. Procknal recently retired as the Career Center Director at Trocaire College where she assisted students and alumni to find employment locally and beyond our community. Sister Marie Bernarde’ has spent her lifetime committed to God, education, family and her community.
Franklin (Frank) J. Downing Sr., CEO of Towne Auto, was the recipient of the Reflections Lifetime Achievement Award. He began his automotive career as a clerk in the Ford Motor Buffalo/Pennsylvania Office and worked for several dealerships before starting his own business, Towne Lincoln-Mercury. Downing built the first auto mall on Southwestern Blvd. & Milestrip Rd. in Orchard Park, NY. Despite a deep work ethic, Downing always found time to support local educational and health and human service organizations. He has served as Chairman of the American Cancer Society, President of the Mercy Hospital Foundation Board, Chair of the Catholic Charities Annual Appeal, President of the Niagara Frontier Auto Dealers Association and Chairman of the Canisius College Board of Trustees.
Margaret “Peg” Overdorf was the recipient of the President’s Distinguished Service Award. This award is presented to a person or group whose community participation exemplifies Trocaire College’s mission without regard for community profile or philanthropy. Overdorf serves as the Executive Director of the Valley Communication Association, daily striving to improve the quality of life in a low socio-economic area of the City. She has created the Valley Nature Park & Habitat Trail, the Valley Child Care Center, and has implemented numerous neighborhood events including the “Rally in the Valley,” Old Neighborhood” St. Patrick’s Day parade and the Buffalo River Fest. There is no one more passionate about her community than Peg Overdorf.
Marlena Rodriguez Garcia, Hospitality Management student, was the featured speaker. Garcia spoke to the fact that growing up in Cuba, a college education was just a dream. She went on to say, “Today I stand before you as a Trocaire College student. Trocaire has changed my life forever. Trocaire is not just a college, but a second home – or a home away from home.” Trocaire College Board of Trustee members Nancy J. Sheehan, J.D., Vice President of Legal Affairs at Catholic Health System, and Siobhan Smith, Senior Vice-President for Organizational Development at First Niagara Financial Group, served as chairs of the event.